RFL/RE – Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights activist and political prisoner in Iran’s Evin Prison, has voiced concerns over the health of Zohreh Sayadi, a fellow prisoner of conscience who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
“Since her imprisonment, Zohreh has been transferred back to prison twice, just 24 hours after undergoing chemotherapy. Even the prison doctors believe that enduring this situation is unbearable,” Mohammadi said in a post on her Instagram account on July 27.
Sayadi has been active in the field of children’s rights, working with orphaned and undocumented children, and providing literacy education to women and orphaned children.
Sayadi, who is the mother of a five-year-old girl, has been arrested “10 times during 10 years of uninterrupted activity,” according to Mohammadi, who is currently serving a one-year sentence in Evin Prison.
“Zohreh is a patient, resilient, and determined woman. I can never describe the weakness of her body and the pain running through her veins after chemotherapy,” Mohammadi said.
“Let me just say that Zohreh undergoes each chemotherapy session under an intensely painful ice cap, so that we won’t get upset seeing her hair fall out and her face change when she is in the ward with us…There is fundamentally no talk of a court, a trial, and the precious gem of justice in the judicial system of the Islamic republic,” Mohammadi added.
According to Mohammadi, forensic medicine “does not dare to write on a piece of paper that Zohreh cannot tolerate imprisonment, knowing the threat to a person’s life from the heartbreaking pain caused by cancer.”
Activists say the persistent neglect of the state of health of prisoners and detainees by judicial and security officials has led on multiple occasions to fatalities or irreparable physical harm.